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Director Bill Condon brings Tom Eyen's Tony award-winning Broadway musical to the big screen in a tale of dreams, stardom, and the high cost of success in the cutthroat recording industry. The time is the 1960s, and singers Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose), and Deena (Beyoncé Knowles) are about to find out just what it's like to have their wildest dreams come true. Discovered at a local talent show by ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx), the trio known as "the Dreamettes" is soon offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of opening for popular… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It compares to that other "legitimate" musical smash of recent vintage, Chicago. It just doesn't have the life or fun of Chicago."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Watching Dreamgirls on the big screen feels like an event somehow. Maybe it's the conviction and passion that the actors bring to their roles."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Condon's adaptation is polished and enjoyable and yet something is missing from making it a truly great musical movie--perhaps a more coherent vision or unity."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Dreamgirls opened on Xmas day and it was every much of a brilliant holiday movie. I guess the only complaint I have is it is too slick."
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
"Worse than a movie of the weak (pun intended)"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"The opening rump-shaking immediately sets the tone: Dreamgirls pulses with sheer exuberance. When was the last time a musical, much less a huge Hollywood production, felt this alive?"
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Dreamgirls is the entire musical package, a triumph of old school on-screen glamour, and we wouldn't want it any other way."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A musical for people who've forgotten how to listen, and how to feel"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"There's a joy on screen -- a love for the material that's palpable and contagious -- but the material, in the end, lets them down."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"You may not be expecting this from a musical, but Dreamgirls is one of the most fast-paced, frenetically-edited, roller-coaster rides of a movie that you'll see all year."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"It reserves singing and dancing for the stage until Jamie Foxx just randomly bursts into verse while strolling down the street. Dreamgirls wants to be Effie but ends up as Deena: thin, smooth, unburdened by a personality."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Elegiac, filthy-minded, unsparing, and as deeply moving as you'd expect from any de facto story of Peter O'Toole's life."
‑ Albert Williams, Chicago Reader
"A tight and entertaining musical with a show stealing performance by Jennifer Hudson."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"...Hudson offers up a seriously underwhelming performance..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Dreamgirls is a splashy film with a great cast, strong performances, terrific music and an engrossing, though...familiar, story."
‑ Emily S. Mendel, culturevulture.net
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